Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor, director, producer and former American football player. He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965) and Dan August (1970–1971).
Reynolds in 1991
|Born||Burton Leon Reynolds Jr.
February 11, 1936
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, football player|
(m. 1963; div. 1965)
(m. 1988; div. 1993)
His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds played the leading role in a number of box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).
After a string of box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Boogie Nights (1997).
Reynolds is the son of Fern H. (née Miller; 1902–1992) and Burton Milo Reynolds (1906–2002). He has Dutch, English, Scots-Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and is also said to have Cherokee roots. In his 2014 autobiography But Enough About Me, Reynolds said his mother had Italian ancestry. During his career, Reynolds often claimed to have been born in Waycross, Georgia, but confirmed in 2015 that he was born in Lansing, Michigan. He was born on February 11, 1936, and in his autobiography stated that Lansing is where his family lived when his father was drafted into the United States Army. Reynolds, his mother and sister joined his father at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and lived there for two years. When Reynolds's father was sent to Europe, the family moved to Lake City, Michigan, where his mother had been raised.
In 1946, the family moved to Riviera Beach, Florida. His father became Chief of Police of Riviera Beach, which is adjacent to the north side of West Palm Beach, Florida. During 10th grade at Palm Beach High School, Reynolds was named First Team All State and All Southern as a fullback, and received multiple scholarship offers.
After graduating from Palm Beach High in West Palm Beach, he attended Florida State University on a football scholarship and played halfback. While at Florida State, Reynolds roomed with college football broadcaster and analyst Lee Corso, and also became a brother of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Reynolds hoped to be named to All-American teams and to have a career in professional football, but he suffered a knee injury in the first game of his sophomore season, and later that year he lost his spleen and injured his other knee as a result of a car accident. These injuries hampered Reynolds' abilities on the field, and after being beaten in coverage for the game-winning touchdown in a 7-0 loss to North Carolina State on October 12, 1957, he decided to give up football and pursue a career in acting.
Ending his college football career, Reynolds thought of becoming a police officer, but his father suggested that he finish college and become a parole officer. To keep up with his studies, he began taking classes at Palm Beach Junior College (PBJC) in neighboring Lake Worth. In his first term at PBJC, Reynolds was in an English class taught by Watson B. Duncan III. Duncan pushed Reynolds into trying out for a play he was producing, Outward Bound. He cast Reynolds in the lead role based on having heard Reynolds read Shakespeare in class, leading to Reynolds winning the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance. In his autobiography, Reynolds refers to Duncan as his mentor and the most influential person in his life.
The Florida State Drama Award included a scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse, a summer stock theater, in Hyde Park, New York. Reynolds saw the opportunity as an agreeable alternative to more physically-demanding summer jobs, but did not yet see acting as a possible career. While working there, Reynolds met Joanne Woodward, who helped him find an agent, and was cast in Tea and Sympathy at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. After his Broadway debut Look, We've Come Through, he received favorable reviews for his performance and went on tour with the cast, driving the bus and appearing on stage. After the tour, Reynolds returned to New York and enrolled in acting classes, along with Frank Gifford, Carol Lawrence, Red Buttons and Jan Murray. After a botched improvisation in acting class, Reynolds briefly considered returning to Florida, but he soon got a part in a revival of Mister Roberts, in which Charlton Heston played the starring role. After the play closed, the director, John Forsythe, arranged a film audition with Joshua Logan for Reynolds. The film was Sayonara. Reynolds was told that he could not be in the film because he looked too much like Marlon Brando. Logan advised Reynolds to go to Hollywood, but Reynolds did not feel confident enough to do so. He worked in a variety of different jobs, such as waiting tables, washing dishes, driving a delivery truck and as a bouncer at the Roseland Ballroom. While working as a dockworker, Reynolds writes that he was offered $150 to jump through a glass window on a live television show.
Television and filmEdit
Reynolds guest-starred in the Pony Express episode, "The Good Samaritan", which aired in 1960 on the centennial of the famed mail route. He used television fame to secure leading roles for low-budget films. Saul David considered Reynolds to star in Our Man Flint, but Lew Wasserman rejected him. Albert R. Broccoli asked Reynolds to play James Bond, but he turned the role down, saying "An American can't play James Bond. It just can't be done." The role went to George Lazenby. Reynolds then filmed Shark! with director Sam Fuller and Fuller disowned the rough cuts. Reynolds made his breakout performance in Deliverance and gained notoriety when he appeared in the April 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan. Reynolds claims the centerfold in Cosmopolitan hurt the chances for the film and cast to receive Academy Awards. In 1977, Reynolds and Nick Nolte declined the role of Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, which went to Harrison Ford. After a string of box office failures, he returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994). Reynolds was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Boogie Nights (1997). He refused to appear in Paul Thomas Anderson's third film, Magnolia.
In 1973, Reynolds released the album Ask Me What I Am and in 1983 sang along with Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. On March 15, 1978, Reynolds earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and built a dinner theatre in Jupiter, Florida followed by other franchise locations of the Reynolds Celebrity Dinner Theater including the Beacham Theater in Orlando. His celebrity was such that he drew not only big-name stars to appear in productions, but also to sell out audiences. He sold the venue in the early 1990s, but a museum highlighting his career still operates nearby. From 1977 to 1981, Reynolds topped the Quigley Publications poll of movie exhibitors, who voted him the top box-office attraction in the country. Only Bing Crosby won the poll more consecutive years. Despite much success, Reynolds' finances expired, and he filed for bankruptcy, due in part to an extravagant lifestyle, a divorce from Loni Anderson and failed investments in some Florida restaurant chains in 1996. The filing was under Chapter 11, from which Reynolds emerged two years later. Reynolds co-authored the children's book Barkley Unleashed A Pirate, a "whimsical tale [that] illustrates the importance of perseverance, the wonders of friendship and the power of imagination". In 2002, he voiced Avery Carrington in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Burt Reynolds also made a cameo appearance on the TV show Archer. 
Reynolds' close friends have included Johnny Carson, Dom DeLuise, Jerry Reed, Charles Nelson Reilly, Tammy Wynette, Lucie Arnaz, Adrienne Barbeau, Tawny Little, Dinah Shore and Chris Evert. Reynolds was married to Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965, and to Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993. He and Anderson adopted a son, Quinton. He had a relationship with Sally Field, who by his own admission was, and perhaps is, the love of his life.
Sports team ownerEdit
In 1982, Reynolds became a co-owner of the Tampa Bay Bandits, a professional American football team in the USFL, whose nickname was inspired by the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy and Skoal Bandit, a primary sponsor for the team as a result of also sponsoring Reynolds' race team. Reynolds also co-owned a NASCAR Winston Cup team, Mach 1 Racing, with Hal Needham, which ran the #33 Skoal Bandit car with driver Harry Gant.
While filming City Heat, Reynolds was struck in the face with a metal chair and had temporomandibular joint dysfunction. He lost thirty pounds from not eating. The painkillers he was prescribed led to addiction, which took several years to break. Reynolds underwent back surgery in 2009 and a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010.
On August 16, 2011, Merrill Lynch Credit Corporation filed foreclosure papers, claiming Reynolds owed $1.2 million on his home in Hobe Sound, Florida. Reynolds owned the Burt Reynolds Ranch, where scenes for Smokey and the Bandit were filmed and which once had a petting zoo, until its sale during bankruptcy. In April 2014, the 153-acre rural property was rezoned for residential use and the Palm Beach County school system could sell it to residential developer K. Hovnanian Homes.
|1961||Angel Baby||Hoke Adams|
|1965||Operation C.I.A.||Mark Andrews|
|1969||100 Rifles||Yaqui Joe Herrera|
|1969||Sam Whiskey||Sam Whiskey|
|1972||Fuzz||Detective Steve Carella|
|1972||Everything You Always Wanted to Know
About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
|Sperm Switchboard Chief|
|1973||The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing||Jay Grobart|
|1973||White Lightning||Gator McKlusky|
|1974||The Longest Yard||Paul "Wrecking" Crewe|
|1975||At Long Last Love||Michael Oliver Pritchard III|
|1975||W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings||W.W. Bright|
|1975||Lucky Lady||Walker Ellis|
|1975||Hustle||Lieutenant Phil Gaines||Also executive producer|
|1976||Gator||Gator McKlusky||Also director|
|1977||Smokey and the Bandit||Bo "Bandit" Darville|
|1977||Semi-Tough||Billy Clyde Puckett|
|1978||The End||Wendell Sonny Lawson||Also director|
|1978||Hooper||Sonny Hooper||Also producer|
|1979||Starting Over||Phil Potter|
|1980||Rough Cut||Jack Rhodes|
|1980||Smokey and the Bandit II||Bo "Bandit" Darville|
|1981||The Cannonball Run||J.J. McClure|
|1981||Sharky's Machine||Sgt. Thomas Sharky||Also director|
|1982||The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd|
|1982||Best Friends||Richard Babson|
|1982||Six Pack||Man walking in front of Brewster and Lila||Uncredited cameo|
|1983||Stroker Ace||Stroker Ace|
|1983||The Man Who Loved Women||David Fowler|
|1983||Smokey and the Bandit Part 3||The Real Bandit||Cameo|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||J.J. McClure|
|1984||City Heat||Mike Murphy|
|1985||Stick||Ernest "Stick" Stickley||Also director|
|1986||Uphill All the Way||Gambler||Uncredited cameo|
|1988||Switching Channels||John L. Sullivan IV|
|1989||Physical Evidence||Joe Paris|
|1989||Breaking In||Ernie Mullins|
|1989||All Dogs Go to Heaven||Charlie B. Barkin (voice)|
|1993||Cop and a Half||Nick McKenna|
|1995||The Maddening||Roy Scudder|
|1996||Citizen Ruth||Blaine Gibbons|
|1996||Striptease||Congressman David Dilbeck|
|1996||Mad Dog Time||"Wacky" Jacky Jackson|
|1997||Meet Wally Sparks||Lenny Spencer|
|1997||Boogie Nights||Jack Horner|
|1997||Big City Blues||Connor||Also co-producer|
|1999||Mystery, Alaska||Judge Walter Burns|
|1999||The Hunter's Moon||Clayton Samuels||Direct-to-DVD|
|2000||The Crew||Joey "Bats" Pistella|
|2000||The Last Producer||Sonny Wexler||Also director|
|2001||The Hollywood Sign||Kage Mulligan|
|2002||Time of the Wolf||Archie McGregor|
|2003||The Librarians||Irish||Uncredited|
|2004||Without a Paddle||Del Knox|
|2005||The Longest Yard||Coach Nate Scarborough|
|2005||The Dukes of Hazzard||Boss Hogg|
|2005||The Legend of Frosty the Snowman||Narrator (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2006||Cloud 9||Billy Cole|
|2006||End Game||General Montgomery|
|2006||Forget About It||Sam LeFleur|
|2006||Broken Bridges||Jake Delton|
|2007||Randy and the Mob||Elmore Culpepper||Uncredited cameo|
|2007||In the Name of the King||King Konreid|
|2008||Delgo||Delgo's Father (voice)|
|2008||A Bunch of Amateurs||Jefferson Steele|
|2011||Not Another Not Another Movie||C.J. Waters|
|2014||A Magic Christmas||Buster (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2015||Pocket Listing||Ron Glass|
|2015||Hamlet & Hutch||Papa Hutch||Direct-to-DVD|
|2016||Hollow Creek||Seagrass Lambert||Direct-to-DVD|
|2016||Elbow Grease||Grandpa Barnes|
|2016||Shangri La Suite||Narrator (voice)|
|2017||Apple of My Eye||Charlie||Direct-to-DVD|
|2017||The Last Movie Star||Vic Edwards|
|2017||Miami Love Affair||Robert|
|2018||Shadow Fighter||Paddy Grier||Post-production|
|1958||Flight||Captain Sam Allen / Captain Jack Hilyard||2 episodes|
|1959||M Squad||Peter Marashi||Episode: "The Teacher"|
|1959||The Lawless Years||Tony Sappio||Episode: "The Payoff"|
|1959||Pony Express||Adam||Episode: "The Good Samaritan"|
|1959–60||Riverboat||Ben Frazer||20 episodes|
|1959–60||Playhouse 90||Ace / The Actor||2 episodes|
|1960||Johnny Ringo||Tad Stuart||Episode: "The Stranger"|
|1960||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Bill Davis||Episode: "Escape to Sonoita"|
|1960||Lock-Up||Latchard Duncan||Episode: "The Case of Alexis George"|
|1960–61||The Blue Angels||Chuck / Corman||2 episodes|
|1960–61||The Aquanauts||Leo / Jimmy||2 episodes|
|1961||Ripcord||The Assassin||Episode: "Crime Jump"|
|1961||Michael Shayne||Jerry Turner||Episode: "The Boat Caper"|
|1961||Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre||Branch Taylor||Episode: "Man from Everywhere"|
|1961||The Brothers Brannagan||Abelard||Episode: "Bordertown"|
|1961||Naked City||Young Man||Episode: "Requiem for a Sunday Afternoon"|
|1961–62||The Everglades||Trask / Lew Johnson||2 episodes|
|1962||Route 66||Tommy||Episode: "Love Is a Skinny Kid"|
|1962||Perry Mason||Chuck Blair||Episode: "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank"|
|1962–65||Gunsmoke||Quint Asper||50 episodes|
|1963||The Twilight Zone||Rocky Rhodes||Episode: "The Bard"|
|1965||Branded||Red Hand||Episode: "Now Join the Human Race"|
|1965||Flipper||Al Bardeman||2 episodes|
|1965; 1968||The F.B.I.||John Duquesne / Michael Murtaugh||2 episodes|
|1966||Hawk||Detective Lt. John Hawk||17 episodes|
|1967||Gentle Ben||Pilot||Episode: "Voice from the Wilderness"|
|1968||Premiere||Pete Lassiter||Episode: "Lassiter"|
|1968||Fade In||Rob||Television film|
|1970||Love, American Style||Stanley Dunbar||Episode: "Love and the Banned Book"|
|1970–71||Dan August||Dan August||26 episodes|
|1986||The Golden Girls||Himself||Episode: "Ladies of the Evening"|
|1987–91||Out of This World||Troy Garland (voice)||95 episodes|
|1989–90||B.L. Stryker||B.L. Stryker||12 episodes; also co-executive producer and director|
|1990–94||Evening Shade||Wood Newton||98 episodes; also co-executive producer and director|
|1993||Beverly Hills, 90210||Himself||Episode: "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"|
|1993||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: "The Grand Opening"|
|1993||The Man from Left Field||Jack Robinson||Television film; also director|
|1995||Amazing Grace||Josiah Carey||Episode: "Hallelujah"|
|1995||Hope and Gloria||Himself||Episode: "Sisyphus, Prometheus and Me"|
|1995||Cybill||Himself||Episode: "The Cheese Stands Alone"|
|1996||The Cherokee Kid||Otter Bob the Mountain Man||Television film|
|1997||King of the Hill||M.F. Thatherton (voice)||Episode: "The Company Man"|
|1997||Duckman||Judge Keaton (voice)||Episode: "Das Sub"|
|1998||Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms||CIA Deputy Director Mentor||Television film|
|1998||Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business||CIA Deputy Director Mentor||Television film|
|1998||Hard Time||Detective Logan McQueen||Television film; also director|
|2001||Emeril||Himself||Episode: "The Sidekick"|
|2002||The X-Files||Mr. Burt||Episode: "Improbable"|
|2002||Miss Lettie and Me||Samuel Madison||Television film|
|2003–04||Ed||Russ Burton||2 episodes|
|2005||The King of Queens||Coach Walcott||Episode: "Hi, School"|
|2005||Robot Chicken||J.J. McClure / Himself (voices)||Episode: "Gold Dust Gasoline"|
|2005||Duck Dodgers||Royal Serpenti (voice)||Episode: "Master & Disaster/All in the Crime Family"|
|2006||Freddie||Carl Crane Pool||Episode: "Mother of All Grandfathers"|
|2006–07; 2009||My Name Is Earl||Chubby||3 episodes|
|2010||Burn Notice||Paul Anderson||Episode: "Past & Future Tense"|
|2011||American Dad!||Senator Buckingham (voice)||Episode: "School Lies"|
|2011||Reel Love||Wade Whitman||Television film|
|2012||Archer||Himself (voice)||Episode: "The Man from Jupiter"|
|2002||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Avery Carrington|
|2011||Saints Row: The Third||Himself (The Mayor)|
- Ask Me What I Am (1973)
|US Country||US||CAN Country|
|1980||"Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial"||51||88||33||Smokey and the Bandit II Soundtrack||Richard Levinson|
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